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***The Wonders of Donal O'Donnell

by Gary Schmidt

illustrated by Loren Long

Reviewed June 30, 2003.
Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2002.  40 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 398.209 SCH).

Gary Schmidt weaves together four Irish folktales about lost boys and the fairy folk.  Three stories told by peddlers serve to comfort the heart of Donal O’Donnell, who had closed his heart after his boyo’s death.  He learns from the peddlers stories that stories can unbar and unbolt a heart.

These are good tales, with pictures that evoke beautiful Ireland.

Reviews of other books by Gary D. Schmidt:
The Wednesday Wars
Okay for Now
Just Like That
Pay Attention, Carter Jones
What Came from the Stars
The Labors of Hercules Beal
A Long Road on a Short Day
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
So Tall Within
Okay for Now audiobook

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